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LSU beats Arkansas in SEC tourney opener, 70-54

By Brett Martel

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, March 8 2012 1:20 p.m. MST

LSU forward Storm Warren (24) battles Arkansas forward Michael Sanchez (31) for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the 2012 Southeastern Conference basketball tournament at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Thursday, March 8, 2012.

Gerald Herbert, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — Johnny O'Bryant scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, and LSU pulled away for a 70-54 victory over Arkansas in the opening game of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday.

Storm Warren scored 14 for LSU (18-13), which had ended its regular season with a three-game skid but rediscovered its offense in time to open the postseason with a convincing victory. Andre Stringer hit three of four 3-pointers and finished with 11 points for the Tigers, who shot 50 percent (25 of 50), tying their second-highest percentage all season. LSU went 6 of 12 from 3-point range.

B.J. Young scored 13 points for Arkansas (18-14), which has lost six of seven and finished with its lowest point total of the season.

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